Suddenly The Storm


Date: 10-13 August 2017
Venue: Loft Theatre
Ticket price: R80.00
Time:  14h00 (12 Aug), 19h30



Suddenly the Storm, Paul Slabolepszy’s latest play, walked off with Best New South African Script (Paul Slabolepszy), Best Theatre Set Design (Durban’s Greg King) and Best Lighting Design (Wesley France) Awards at this year’s Naledi Theatre Awards.

Following its unprecedented success at the Market Theatre and the Theatre on the Square, this riveting drama runs at the Baxter Theatre in July. The Playhouse Company presents Suddenly the Storm as part of its SA Women’s Arts Festival. The play will run from 10 to 13 August in the Loft Theatre.

Two of South Africa’s leading and much-loved theatre stalwarts, playwright and actor Slabolepszy and theatre and television director Bobby Heaney, have teamed up to create a distinctly South African experience.  Joining Slabolepszy on stage in his role as Dwayne are Charmaine Weir-Smith (Isidingo, Binnelanders, Generations) as Shanell and Renate Stuurman (Isidingo, Scandal!) as Namhla, directed by Heaney.

Suddenly the Storm permiered at the Market Theatre from the 07th of June, 2016 – launched to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The play is set in the far East Rand, the home of an ageing ex-cop and his much younger wife. A Storm approaches…Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June, 1976 arrives, seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years. What begins as a smouldering dark comedy turns suddenly into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.

Suddenly the Storm will be staged on 10 and 11 August at 19h30, and on 12 August at 14h00 and 19h30. Tickets for these performances are available via Computicket or Shoprite Checkers at R80 each. There is an age restriction of 18 (strong language).